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Jays Downtowner Restaurant

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1230 E Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001-5175
+1 704-983-6171
Thu - Sat 16:00 - 21:30
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not a big fan of this location...the food is just ok. Service was fair. The oyster stew was bland, most everything else was fried. There was really nothing to write home about.

Thank Amanda F
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted some good seafood and it was close by. The business was very busy at but we did not have to wait long for a table. Our waiter took good care of us and brought us fresh seafood that was delicious. It's a great family place to go.

Thank Nell W
Waynesville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

the best salt and pepper flounder and hushpuppies ever. Really neat place affordable and plenty to eat in any platter

Thank Derek C
Perry, Georgia
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

During a recent business trip, my coworkers and I went to eat here. I really enjoyed the seafood and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The service was good and all of us highly recommend this place.

Thank mrscakes2233
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We all went out for dinner and the restaurant was very busy. We finally got a table and was waited on right away. The fish and shrimp was very good ! You get a endless amount of hush puppies and honey butter too ! We can't wait to go back !

Thank karen b
Charlotte, North Carolina
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

we love this place! The seafood is the best in the area, large portions and friendly service. They have a couple of meeting rooms and they have take out too.

Thank liz r
Concord, North Carolina
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111 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

This is the sort of restaurant that usually, only locals know. It is not open all week, just Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You cannot get much better seafood at super prices anywhere else. Honest. And you will always find the parking lot with plenty of cars....but they seat people rather quickly! Go there or lose!

Thank SPTravlr
Charlotte, North Carolina
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158 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

One of two family owned seafood restaurants. Great place for family dining. Local specialties, lots of choices.

Thank AwesomeYou
Raleigh, North Carolina
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149 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Good service - food was so so. Remember eating at the "fish camps" as a kid - it was certainly very exotic back in the day. Nowadays, I think it is reasonable to expect variety and quality for a hard earned dollar. Food was OK - shrimp were seapak style so certainly a step or so down from what one... More 

Thank jbrooksws
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91 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

While the outside of Jay's Downtowner Restaurant is a deterrent, the freshness of their fish is enough to overcome it. We are infrequent visitors to Albermarle so we let my elderly Uncle select the restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness and excellent taste of the broiled flounder, the crunchiness of the cole slaw and the nice baked potato.... More 

Thank Raymond L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1230 E Main St, Albemarle, NC 28001-5175
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-983-6171

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?